New technologies are now enabling the direct capture of spatial information about the physical world to improve workflows across industries that design, produce, or manage physical products or projects, from buildings to highways to video games. This is Reality Computing.
Autodesk® ReCap™ is at the forefront of Reality Computing with a family of products and services that allows you to easily integrate reality capture data into your design process. Using laser scans or photographs, ReCap streamlines your workflow by turning the real world into as-built 3D data that you can use with other Autodesk products.
SketchUp Pro offers seamless integration with Google Earth. Easily import 3D terrain data and aerial imagery for any location on the planet. With one click, see your model in context in Google Earth. Then export a KMZ file that you can send to anyone.
Mapping Toolbox supports the visualization and analysis of 3D data, such as digital terrain, bathymetry, and other gridded-data products. It provides functions to visualize terrain data and add annotations such as contour lines. You can control lighting, shading, colormaps, and other aspects of the display. The MATLAB graphics environment enables you to reposition the figure camera interactively and programmatically to view your data from different perspectives.
The toolbox also provides functions to calculate gradient, slope, aspect, line-of-sight visibility, and viewsheds. You can use these functions in applications such as the placement of communication towers, where you need to calculate the direct line-of-sight from many vantage points to determine the optimal location.
You can also use Mapping Toolbox with Simulink 3D Animation™ to create a virtual reality world from elevation data; you can then couple the terrain data with analysis provided by other products. For example, you can use Aerospace Blockset™ with your virtual world to perform tasks such as visualizing flight paths over geographic data sets.
A composite 3D map of San Francisco created with functions in Mapping Toolbox. DEM data and orthoimage courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey.